12 Tips for Job Searching During a Pandemic

12 Tips for Job Searching During a Pandemic

The economy has slowed down due to coronavirus, but we at Upwardly Global are encouraging our immigrant and refugee job seekers to keep going. The logic is simple: The most secure jobs right now are in the professional sphere, and companies are still hiring. But where does one even start? Read on!

Get the job search support you need.

Searching and applying for jobs is hard even in the best of times. Luckily, Upwardly Global has a range of free options for immigrant and refugee professionals looking for help:

Have your essential needs covered.

Are you struggling with essentials like food and housing? If so, it’ll be hard to focus on your professional job search. Refer to the following guides if you need help finding assistance:

Set up your workspace.

If possible, set up a quiet, dedicated workspace in your home with strong internet access and the office accessories you need to make work go smoothly. 

Have a plan of attack.

Set aside dedicated work time with minimal distractions. You may want to organize your job search using a common productivity method and a Kanban-style organizer:

Stay informed.

How is your industry adapting to the pandemic and recession? Where is the demand and slowdown in hiring? Knowing this can help you sell yourself to employers. Stay informed by reading widely, joining online conversations, and following industry leaders on LinkedIn.

Know who’s hiring.

Hunt for the companies that are hiring. Chances are, demand for new hires has shifted and not gone away in your industry.

Improve your LinkedIn.

EVERYONE is online now, so your online presence is more important than ever! Strengthen your LinkedIn profile and start connecting.

Get really good at virtual conferencing.

The future of work is online. This means teleconferencing apps are king. Get comfortable with the most common ones, learn good video etiquette, and brush up on virtual interview skills.

Keep networking, remotely.

Stay in engaged on LinkedIn, attend virtual job fairs and networking events, and arrange informational interviews with new connections. Upwardly Global’s many online networking opportunities can help you take the mystery out of networking during the pandemic.

Build your hard skills.

Take online classes, volunteer, do contract and gig work, and show future employers that you are making the best of a hard situation. If you haven’t already, enroll in Upwardly Global’s program to take advantage of our free certification opportunities.

Keep applying.

Yes, companies are still hiring. But here are some job search tips you may find useful:

  • Confirm with a recruiter that a position you find online is actually hiring right now.
  • Before any virtual interview, run a test call on the company’s chosen conferencing platform.
  • During your interview, consider asking how the pandemic has impacted the company’s strategic business and hiring goals, what the work-from-home mandate is like (if any), how the company has supported workers during the pandemic, and what the culture and feel of the office is during normal times.
  • If you get hired, ask about the onboarding timetable and what is involved.

Be patient!

Employers are still adapting to the pandemic and economic slowdown. Your job search, and the hiring process itself, may take a little more time than usual. The best approach, in all cases, is to remain cordial, understanding, and communicative with recruiters and hiring managers. 

For more information about this guide or Upwardly Global services, contact Tim Workman at outreach@upwardlyglobal.orgThis guide will be updated as new resources come to our attention.

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